Accountant
Department Of The Treasury - Washington, DC

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Would you like to use your expertise in accounting to help the Department of the Treasury? If so, we invite you to apply for this position.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has a distinguished history dating back to the founding of our nation. As the steward of U.S. economic and financial systems, Treasury is a major and influential leader in today's global economy. We have over 100,000 employees across the country and around the world. Come Join the Department of the Treasury and Invest in Tomorrow.

Treasury Headquarters, the Departmental Offices, has responsibility for formulating policy and the overall management of the Department of the Treasury. We offer both flexible work schedules and an opportunity for challenging and interesting work. We are located in the heart of Washington, DC with offices close to the White House, and a few blocks from Metro Center metro station, and close to shops, museums, and restaurants. This is an excellent opportunity to advance your career and your salary!

Key Information:

  • We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.
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  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.

    • KEY REQUIREMENTS
    DUTIES: The following are the duties of this position at the GS-12 . If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position.
    • Maintains the general funds ledger and related cost systems and accounting activities at the centralized level.
    • Modifies and adapts conventional accounting and analytical techniques to solve a variety of problems.
    • Develops and executes modifications to accounting systems, accounting program operations, and the management, control, and flow of accounting system input documents and source data.
    • Ensures that accounting activities are in accord with applicable legislation, established agency policies, generally accepted governmental accounting practices, and are properly executed.
    • Analyzes operations, financial systems, periodic and special reports, and systems edits to develop information on trends, anomalies or problems and develop solutions; plans and executes changes to the content and nature of financial reports and application of computer technology to accounting functions.

    QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: In order for your application to be considered, you must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:

    Basic Requirements for Accountant 0510 series: A. Degree: accounting; or a degree in a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting. The 24 hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law. (The term "accounting" means "accounting and/or auditing" in this standard. Similarly, "accountant" should be interpreted, generally, as "accountant and/or auditor.") OR B. Combination of education and experience -- at least 4 years of experience in accounting, or an equivalent combination of accounting experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional accounting knowledge. The applicant's background must also include one of the following: 1. Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law; 2. A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; or 3. Completion of the requirements for a degree that included substantial course work in accounting or auditing, e.g., 15 semester hours, but that does not fully satisfy the 24-semester-hour requirement of paragraph A, provided that (a) the applicant has successfully worked at the full-performance level in accounting, auditing, or a related field, e.g., valuation engineering or financial institution examining; (b) a panel of at least two higher level professional accountants or auditors has determined that the applicant has demonstrated a good knowledge of accounting and of related and underlying fields that equals in breadth, depth, currency, and level of advancement that which is normally associated with successful completion of the 4-year course of study described in paragraph A; and (c) except for literal nonconformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.

    AND

    Specialized experience for the GS-12: Specialized experience is fifty-two (52) weeks of experience at the GS-11 level or equivalent in other public or private sectors, that is directly related to the position and which has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience for this position includes:
    • the ability to maintain general ledgers; AND
    • perform internal control tests; AND
    • prepare studies, analyses and reports; AND
    • skill in oral communications to present analyses, conduct briefings and presentations; ability to apply complex regulations to the reconciliation process; AND
    • skill in written communications to prepare technical reports and various correspondence.
    Specialized experience for the GS-11 : You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service. The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. Specialized experience for this position includes:
    • the ability to apply accounting theories, principles, and methods and techniques and accounting operations and requirements; AND
    • Experience in financial statement preparation, specifically including statements of financial position, statements of operations and changes in net position, and statements of cash flows and accounting policy development; AND
    • Demonstrated knowledge of general ledger accounts; OR
    • Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; OR
    • Three (3) full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such degree.
    Specialized experience for the GS-09 : You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service. The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. Specialized experience for this position includes:
    • Knowledge of accounting theories, principles, methods and techniques, and accounting operations and requirements; AND
    • Experience in financial statement preparation; AND
    • Knowledge of general ledger accounts; OR
    • Master's or equivalent graduate degree; OR
    • Two (2) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such degree.
    OR

    You may qualify by a combination of experience and education. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.

    The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Your application includes your:
    1. Resume,
    2. Responses to the online questions, and
    3. Required supporting documents.

    We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:
    1. Minimum Requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You may be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we may rate you as ineligible.

    2. Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas: technical skills, analytical skills, and communication skills. We may lower your rating if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application. Category rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three categories, A, B or C, depending on your experience and education related to this position. Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference-eligibles in that category. Qualified preference-eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the category for which they have been found rated.

    3. Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview. If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) , you must be assigned the middle category or better to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority.

    We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.

    To preview questions please click here .

    BENEFITS: We offer a workplace that is respectful, fair, and values diversity. Our comprehensive benefits are very generous - helping you to reach your personal goals by supporting your professional growth, health, well-being, and your family needs. Our benefits package includes:
    • Challenging work, opportunities for advancement, competitive salaries, bonuses and incentive awards;
    • Ten paid holidays, 13 days of sick leave, and 13 to 26 days of vacation time each year;
    • Access to insurance programs that may be continued after you retire;
    • A wide choice of health insurance plans, coverage for pre-existing conditions, and no waiting periods. We pay a substantial amount (up to 75%) of the health insurance premiums.
    To learn more about Federal benefits programs, Click here.

    OTHER INFORMATION:
    • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
    • We will not pay relocation expenses.
    • This is a bargaining designated position.
    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

    If selected for this position, you will be required to:
    • If applicable, provide proof of education (transcripts) prior to the job offer; you will be required to submit official transcripts verifying your qualifications prior to a job offer being issued .
    • Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
    • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
    • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
    • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
    • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 ( http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/I-9_IFR_02-02-09.pdf ). Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
    • Successfully complete a background investigation.
    • Obtain and maintain a security clearance at an appropriate level for this position.
    • File a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on, if applicable.

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